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    Happy Labor Day 2014

      Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. … [Read More...]

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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with … [Read More...]

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    Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

    I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with … [Read More...]

AUG
13
2014

eMeals Kid-friendly meal plans

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Hi everyone! As most of you know, I put up a monthly meal plan for you all each month. But even I get bored with my own meals sometimes. And I was really excited to see that eMeals has put up a new kid-friendly recipe plan which is great for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner meals! And if you sign up for eMeals their plans you can get 20% using code SCHOOL along with a FREE back-to-school Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 2 power breakfast recipes, 2 lunch box recipes, 1 weeknight dinners, 2 after school snacks, and 1 yummy dessert! {Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission whenever a product is purchased through these links.} One of my favorite meals is their Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups! And here’s the recipe courtesy of eMeals just to get you going for back-to-school! Pre Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins   Ingredients: 8 slices bacon Mayonnaise 1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole 4 … [Read more...]

AUG
12
2014

Anatomy of a Homeschooling Room

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With the homeschool year starting again for us, I wanted to share some room organizing ideas with you all. I’ve previously shared my homeschool room in great detail and you can see those posts here. I even did a Homeschool Room Video Tour if you’re so inclined and have about 10 minutes to spare. But today I wanted to just highlight some of the key components of our homeschool room. Not because I think you need a dedicated homeschool room, but because I think there are definitely some important elements that will aid whatever area you’ve set aside for your educationally focused family. Is that the new politically correct term for homeschooling? “We’re educationally focused”. I don’t know. Anyhoo…I have a couple of ideas I wanted to share with you to help you get your homeschooling groove on!     1. Work Space. No matter where you choose to do school, your children will need some sort of decent space to work. This includes laying out books, … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling an Only Child

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling an only child.   Sometimes when we think of homeschooling, we envision a larger family. But that’s just a stereotype; there are many families who  homeschool an only child. One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that homeschooling families are as diverse as the world we live in! Don’t be intimidated by the size of your family, large or small, you can homeschool if you are committed! Not only do you have the added benefit of truly being able to tailor your curriculum to your child, but your child will also benefit from one-on-one teaching. And since you only have one student, you’ll most likely find you can finish school a little faster than most which gives you a lot of opportunities to add in fun activities like field trips, and other hands on projects! It also gives you time to participate in other homeschooling groups which I’ll talk about below. I know … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2014

“The Best Yes” Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to share a new book with you all today. New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a fabulous new gem called The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands and it’s all about finding your Best Yes. Many call this book “inspiring”.  I call it a necessity! As a homeschooler, mama, blogger, wife, Christian, daughter, business owner, and long time people-pleaser, it’s a game-changer for me.  And at a time when my life has been getting more and more hectic by the hour, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive an email from Lysa about her new book.   Here is a word from Lysa herself on why she wrote The Best Yes. And I agreed with every single one of her points! I know my kiddos are growing up fast, and I don’t want to miss out on the “sweet” parts of life or regret where my time went. I wrote this message because I need this message. I wrote it because I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing … [Read more...]

AUG
06
2014

Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum

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For those of you looking for some great Bible DVDs and homeschool unit studies, I have the perfect giveaway for you today from Friends and Heroes! Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase through these links I will receive a small commission.   My children have enjoyed the Friends and Heroes DVDs for a while now, and they also have homeschool curriculum that goes with their DVDs.   Homeschool Unit Study Includes: Each DVD features two themed Bible stories (usually one Old and New Testament). CD-ROM printables that can be used with multiple children. Parent’s/Teacher’s Lesson Guide including answer keys and certificates of completion. Student Workbook of activities Friends and Heroes DVD containing a full length adventure episode. Each unit study contains a lesson pack with hands-on, fun worksheets to go along with the DVD. Students will watch a fun DVD lesson then complete the resources that accompany each unit. The … [Read more...]

AUG
05
2014

Preschool Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Preschool Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my Letter of the Week  preschool curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you purchased prior to that date, or just want to add it to whatever you’re using currently, download it here for free and add it into your daily lessons!   Number Practice: The dot-to-dot worksheets help teach students number recognition, counting, and number order. The preschool sheets have a light gray tracing line to help your student know where to go on the worksheet. I recommend doing them with your student as these sheets count a bit higher than the other Preschool level work in this curriculum. This will help challenge your students count a to a higher number as they progress through the curriculum.   Phonics Practice: Not only does each … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling on a Budget

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I’m back today with another helpful Homeschooling 101 post.  We’ve talked all about getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, homeschooling through various grade levels, and today we’re talking about homeschooling on a budget.   Homeschooling is flexible in so many ways, and that includes budgetary concerns. There are many options for homeschooling on a budget. Here are some things to consider when creating a homeschooling budget: Curriculum (most likely the greatest expense) Testing Fees Printing or Copying Costs Building a Home Library School Supplies Extracurricular activities or lessons Annual State Conventions Technology Aids There are so many ways to save money and homeschool successfully. Below I’ve listed a few ideas to help get you started! Use your library Not only does the library have an expansive selection of materials, it can be successfully used to build an entire curriculum if you take the time. Along with books, … [Read more...]

AUG
03
2014

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have a new Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. Join us for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Like to ask questions? Always curious about things? Then you’ll love reading all about the inquisitive Sherlock Holmes! Why does a burglar keep smashing statues? Where is the blue carbuncle? And who is the mysterious Irene Adler? Join Sherlock Holmes and his trusted friend Dr. Watson as they unravel the truth behind these stories and more! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Classic Starts version as retold from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the … [Read more...]

JUL
30
2014

Kindergarten Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Kindergarten Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my k4 Kindergarten curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you purchased prior to that date, or just want to add it to whatever you’re using currently, download it here for free and add it into your daily lessons!   Each kindergarten dot-to-dot worksheet goes along with a letter theme from my Letter of the Week program, but it’s made a little more challenging for those awesome kindergarteners out there.   Number Practice: The dot-to-dot worksheets help teach students number recognition, counting, and number order. While at the same time correlating with a letter from the alphabet so you’re working on several skills at once.   Phonics Practice: As your student completes the dot-to-dot they can then color in the image if they like, and … [Read more...]

JUL
29
2014

2014 August Monthly Meal Plan

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Say What!? Did you say “August”? O.M.G! Seriously? I had so many grand plans for summer. Being a dutiful homeschooler, I even got a bunch of curriculum to help keep my kids busy and educated. Which would’ve been nice if we’d been home to actually use it. Which we weren’t. So we didn’t. And now school’s getting ready to start. I want to know what happened to my summer? Did anyone see it? Because I blinked the other day, and I think I must’ve missed it! Anyhoo… I honestly can’t believe I’m posting this today, but yes it’s time for an August meal plan!   Download the 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I hope this helps all you homeschooling warriors who are getting ready to head back into battle for another year! For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! … [Read more...]